Athletes of the Week

Week of December 22, 2014

Arik Smith


Arik Smith was named the 2014 Thrivent Financial Tournament MVP after leading the Kingsmen to an upset victory over No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan and earns Athlete of the Week honors for leading CLU to a perfect 3-0 record between Dec. 22 - Jan. 4. The senior guard had 18 points in the championship game and added four steals and two blocks. In the semi-final matchup, Smith had 15 points after going 6-for-9 from the field and dished out a game-high seven assists in an 82-60 win over Fontbonne (Mo.). The Kingsmen increased their winning streak to six games with their SCIAC opening win over La Verne, 66-50, where Smith tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Bakersfield, Calif. native scored 11 of the team’s first 13 points and he also had four steals for the third time this year. 

Jonathan Hall

Swimming & Diving

Jonathan Hall had a successful weekend at the Second Annual Chris Knorr Invitational from Jan. 2-3 winning three events while also earning the Chris Knorr Leadership Award. The transfer from Cal State Bakersfield opened the meet on Friday with a victory in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:01.12. On the second day of the meet, Hall notched a pair of victories touching the wall first in both the 200 backstroke (2:03.96) and the 200 butterfly (2:00.30).

Chelsea Jacoby


Chelsea Jacoby led the Regals to two victories between Dec. 22 - Jan. 4 and scored a combined 40 points in those games, including a 28-point performance in a big 72-67 overtime win over UC Santa Cruz. In the overtime period, the junior guard scored 10 of the team’s 14 points and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line down the stretch. For the game, Jacoby shot 10-for-19 from the field, converted 8-of-10 at the charity stripe and added six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. In the Regals SCIAC opening win against La Verne, 72-58, Jacoby turned in a strong all-around performance with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals.